• 2016 Steve Martin Prize goes to Rhiannon Giddens

    In a surprising twist, the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Along with banjo scholar and musicologist Dom Flemons, Giddens has been at the

  • Bright Star set to close on Broadway

    Bright Star, the new musical featuring music composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, has announced a closing date of June 26 at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. It officially opened on March 24 after several years of development on

  • Bright Star – Love, Loss, Laughs, and Bluegrass?

    One hot new Broadway musical, complete with banjos, mandolins, fiddles and the like, is called Bright Star. It incorporates old timey and bluegrassy music and instruments in a story that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Weaving between 1945 and 1923,

  • Steve Martin at the American Banjo Museum

    The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City has released a video interview with Steve Martin, in conjunction with their new exhibit, The Banjo World of Steve Martin. The exhibit contains personal memorabilia and rare photos Steve has shared with them. Both

  • Steve & Edie on the Tonight Show

    Steve Martin & Edie Brickell are scheduled to appear on tonight's October 29 edition of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. They will perform the first single from their upcoming duet album, So Familiar, a song they wrote together

  • Pete jokes, while Steve plays it straight

    As it always seems to do, video has surfaced of Steve Martin's acceptance of a Distinguished Achievement Award during last week's World of Bluegrass business conference in Raleigh, NC. Steve was honored for his lifetime of support for bluegrass music, and

  • Danny Barnes and The Steve Martin Prize

    Danny Barnes, the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, is a man of many talents and varied interests. Not such a common thing in today's world of specialization. If you follow mainstream bluegrass music,

  • Danny Barnes receives 2015 Steve Martin Award

    The 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass has been awarded to Danny Barnes, eclectic clawhammer and three-finger picker from Texas. From his time with Bad Livers in the '90s, through stints with Tim O'Brien, Bill Frisell, Jeff Austin, and

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